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Each year around this time, UI Health Care welcomes new resident and fellow physicians to our academic medical center. It is exciting to see all of the new faces, and we are extremely pleased that each of them has chosen to be a part of our team.

Residents and fellows play a vital role in helping us to achieve our goals, and we recognize and appreciate the important contributions these providers make to the organization. Throughout the course of their experience, they will provide crucial clinical care, offer new ideas and fresh perspectives, and help us push the frontiers of basic and clinical research. In return, it is our responsibility to give each of them an outstanding educational opportunity.

Iowa is a special place to come for training, not just because of the quality of our programs, but also because of the atmosphere. When people talk about UI Health Care, they use words like collaboration, collegiality, cooperation, mentoring, and teamwork. It is my hope that our new residents and fellows will experience that firsthand during their time here.

To our newest team members—on behalf of all of us at UI Health Care—welcome aboard! We are happy to have you here.

As always, please continue to e-mail me at vpma@uiowa.edu with your comments, questions, and suggestions.


Signed, Jean Robillard

Mark Anderson named head of Internal Medicine

Mark E. Anderson, MD, PhD, has been named head of the Department of Internal Medicine, effective July 1. He joined the UI faculty in October 2005 as professor of internal medicine, director of the UI Division of Cardiology, and as a cardiologist with the UI Heart and Vascular Center. He holds the Potter-Lambert Chair in Cardiology and has a secondary appointment in molecular physiology and biophysics.

Dr. Anderson’s clinical interests include cardiac arrhythmias and related devices and techniques such as pacemakers, defibrillators, and catheter ablation. His research interests include understanding the biology behind cardiac arrhythmias and using that knowledge to develop new therapies.

He earned a medical degree and a doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as fellowships in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, at Stanford University.

Dr. Anderson succeeds F. Jeffrey Field, MD, who served as interim head of the department for the past year. Dr. Field will return to his faculty position in gastroenterology.


UI Health Care update forum Tuesday

Everyone working, learning, or volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to a UI Health Care update forum Tuesday, July 14, noon to 1 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator E/F, Level 7). Topics will be:

  • FY 2010 priorities
  • Budget update
  • Service excellence
  • Hospital update

The forum will also be Web cast live and video will be made available on The Point after the forum.

Conflict of Interest reminder

All faculty and staff affiliated with UI Health Care are reminded to complete an External Relationships Disclosure form by September 1. Completing the form is a requirement of the new UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Policy, in effect since July 1. The form is available on the Conflict of Interest Web site.

Access to the Conflict of Interest Web site is available from The Point. The site includes Frequently Asked Questions, the text of the policy, and links to resources. If you have questions after reviewing the information, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or e-mail coi@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Paul Abramowitz honored as nation’s top hospital pharmacist

Paul Abramowitz, PharmD, interim associate hospital director for hospital-based services and director and chief pharmacy officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics, recently received the 2009 Harvey A.K. Whitney Award, the nation’s highest honor for hospital pharmacists.

The Whitney award is bestowed annually by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists to an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and elevated professional ideals. Abramowitz, who is also a professor in the College of Pharmacy, has also served as past president of the American Society of Health-System pharmacists and as chairperson of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.

UI Burn Center re-verified

The Burn Treatment Center has earned re-verification from the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. The verification recognizes centers that provide the highest quality of burn care.

The UI Burn Center, widely considered among the nation’s leading burn care centers, has been verified since 1996.

As the only verified burn center in Iowa, the UI Burn Treatment Center serves as a Midwest referral site for the care of children and adults with burn injuries.

Donate to the ‘Thanksgiving in July’ Food Drive

Help the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank by bringing non-perishable canned or packaged food items to work during the week of July 20-24. Drop-off bins will be located at:

  • Hospital entrances
  • Cambus stop near Ramp 2
  • Center for Disabilities and Development
  • 3rd Floor, Bowen Science Building
  • MERF (lower level bus stop entrance)
  • EMRB Atrium
  • Old Capitol Town Center

Tax-deductible financial contributions may be dropped off in Volunteer Services, 8025 JCP, or sent to External Relations, 4150 WL. Make checks payable to Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank. Each dollar collected will count as two pounds of food in our count total.

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